FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
We have always felt the need for individuals to be conscious of the social and political climate of the country; and become an active participant.
Coming from a very remote part of India, both Saurabh ( Founder, AwakIND ) and I had been untouched by the bureaucratic malfunctioning. The way things function made us realize that reason for all current problems in India was the fact that India is a victim of conspiracy that divides us on the basis of our caste, language, region, religion etc and never unites us as a citizen.
We wanted to make people realize the importance of a "citizen based society" and the power of individual contribution around us.A society where individuals get access to addressing their concerns and find out a solution to their own problem by mutual collaboration leaving behind all the differences.
To move people from " this the way it is " or "it is not my problem" attitude to " how can I solve this?" is what led us to create AwakIND using the power of internet as a technology with the aim to empower individual to play their role in nation building.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
All our offerings lead to one common goal of all stakeholders of the society get a chance to interact with each other and contribute in the nations development process be it through discussion groups, ask for help sections, HEROES ( NGO's portal ), political report card, connect with people from same geographical area, connecting to the local authorities, volunteer for a cause etc on the website.
Till date we have been able to reach out to 600,000+ citizens of India connecting them to different causes. All these citizens come from different part of India with some from the remotest part of the country and few Indians settled abroad as well.
AwakIND as a system empower the people mainly by the following ways:
HEROES:Heroes is a move towards 'connecting citizen to a cause they relate with'.
CONSTRUCTIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN MASSES AND THE POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
COLLABORATION AMONG DIVERSE PEOPLE:
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One of the highlight example for our impact being the India Against Corruption event happened all over India and we worked as a cause partner and taking the cause to more than 600,000+ people.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
The product is currently under the beta phase.Although we have been able to reach out to 600,000+ citizens , however converting them into action oriented participants will take some time. In the coming few years we see the following in terms of our reach:
1.More than 10,000,000 citizens reached through various medium
2.5,000,000 registered users on the portal
3.Atleast 1000 NGO/NPO Connected to the users though our HEROES sections
4. Bringing in the political leadership on the portal to interact with the people.
Though the idea is unique as of now but it is replicable and can be replicated across many geographical locations. However the important points to be considered would be to understand the political scenario and what are the major concerns of the citizens.
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Almost 50,000+ registered users on the portal
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100,000+ registered users on the portal and reach to more than 1,500,000 citizens